Guest Blogger: Claire Kennard

After one of the longest, coldest winters on record in Atlanta, I found myself seriously in need of some tropical sunshine and temperatures warm enough for me to shed my winter coat. So, “happy” doesn’t begin to describe how I felt stepping off the plane in Mexico and finally feeling the warmth I’d been waiting for! And, after a short 15 minute transfer from the Cancun airport, I arrived at Secrets Silversands and my vacation truly began.

Located on the Riviera Maya, Secrets Silversands is a contemporary and modern resort that immediately appealed to my sense of style. As an adults-only property with a relaxed and laid-back atmosphere, it’s perfect for couples, friends and singles alike! If you’re looking for an all-inclusive getaway, this is the resort for you – they don’t call it Unlimited-Luxury® for nothing! From gourmet meals to premium brand drinks AND 24-hour room service it guarantees a luxurious stay. And I’m pleased to say that’s exactly what I got!

Checking out the dining options is always at the top of my list on vacation (alongside forgetting the diet!), and with so many tempting restaurants catering to all tastes, there really is something for everyone. At Oceana, I happily dined outside overlooking the main pool and enjoyed mouthwatering shrimp tagliatelle that was out-of-this-world, while at Himitsu the pan-Asian cuisine was simply delicious. The teppanyaki table was an experience I’ll never forget – it was a real treat witnessing our chef cooking up our dishes. But my absolute favorite has to be the Mexican restaurant El Patio. Not only was the decor impressive and the food to die for (save room for the chocolate soufflé dessert with vanilla sauce – you won’t regret it), but the mariachi band was outstanding and really makes it an incredible restaurant. Not having to make reservations and deciding where you want to eat in advance was so liberating!

And have I mentioned my room yet? At this all suite haven I was wowed by the size of the room, the double Jacuzzi and the elegant decor. My balcony overlooked one of the pools and the spa area – it was so peaceful, the ideal place for a siesta. The mini-bar was stocked daily with water, beer and juices, and there is a fantastic Secrets box for private room service delivery – a great idea! I always think you can judge a hotel by the quality of the extras, and the fluffy bathrobe and slippers and complimentary toiletries did not disappoint!

When I managed to tear myself away from the room, a walk around the property along pretty walkways led me to the pools, the outdoor Jacuzzi and a white sand beach all offering plenty of space to relax and soak up the sun. There’s entertainment around the main pool throughout the day plus beach volleyball and more, but you’re never forced to take part if it’s not your scene. Those seeking quieter, more romantic spots to relax have plenty to choose from. The entertainment goes on long into the evening and ranges from bands to shows and a casino evening. And for those who like to stay active when on vacation, there are water sports, a fitness center, tennis courts and even a jogging path. Or, if pampering is top of your list the Secrets Spa by Pevonia is guaranteed to have a treatment with your name on it.

But for me, the most outstanding aspect of my stay at Secrets Silversands was the quality of the service. No request was ever too much trouble, was always dealt with promptly and with a friendly, smiling face. Now that’s what I call Unlimited-Luxury®! Would I go back? You bet I would!

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